Lost and Found: Unexpected Revelations About Food and Money
In an interview, Geneen Roth (Women, Food, and God) noted that our relationship with food goes much deeper than health concerns: "It's not just about what you put in your mouth. Food is both concrete and metaphoricalit's something we deal with every day, but it can also be a doorway that leads into the hidden rooms of our lives." In Lost and Food, what we eat and the food...more
Instead of tying her experience as a Madoff victim closely to financial insights, Roth rambles through repetitive digressions about food and spiritual practice. She also heavily references the content of her previous books. I guess that we we...more
If you don't have time to read the book, here is its essence in one sentence:
"When we pierce the trance--or something pierces it for us, like a death or accident or financial loss--it's as if we step out of the dream and into the crystalline freshness of life itself."
I can relate to the love=parents buying stuff, but she didn't seem to have any "unexpected revelations" regarding this, at l...more
This sounds like a great book. It's a good idea. It has a solid concept, and one that I think is valid, yet I couldn't handle this book.
Partly this could be due to the utterly narcissistic writing. The intense and completely unnecessary navel-gazing. The endless quotations of Zen and Buddhist masters (yes, we get it! You're new age and al...more
this kind o...more
This book is more of a memoir than the other book by Geneen Roth that I read, Women, Food and God, which I really enjoyed. It has much in common with that book, but is probably less practical. Still somewhat of a self-help book, in Lost and Found Roth spends a great deal of time reflecting on her own relationship with money, and how her denial of her financial situation led to her loss of almost a million dollars with Bernie Madoff. Some other reviewers here commented that normal folks, who d...more
Other reviewers have noted that this might have made a better essay than a book, that a lot was repetitive and there seemed to be a lot of filler, and I tend to agree. The fact that...more
Too bad the brilliant investment guy was Bernie Madoff.
Lost and Found: One Woman's Story of Losing Her Money and Finding Her Life tells mostly the story of the immediate aftermath of Madoff's arrest...more
My favorite thing about this book is the way it's written. Roth writes well. The text is engrossing and easy-to-read. The level of honesty is amazing. The book is really heart-felt, and Roth holds nothing back-- even things that may not paint her in the best light.
Sometimes it is a bit difficult to relate to; I can't imagine there being very many people who started with the amount of money she had. From the standpoint of someone who has just about always made...more
The strongest points she makes are you can lose everything and still overcome your fears and anxieties and that when you do have money, try...more
This story takes place during the fallout of the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme. The author, along with many others who misplaced their trust in that dirt bag, lost her entire life savings. H...more
In _Women Food and God_, Geneen Roth illuminated how the way we approach food mirrors how we approach life. In her newest treasure _Lost and Found_, Geneen shares a similar discovery of how our relationship to money also reflects our core attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors for life in general. In both the cases with food and money, it's not about the actual material substances themselves, but how "our relationship to both substances are expressions of uncons...more
Lost and Found's premise is that money is an even hotter-button issue than food...and I agree. Women, especially, have all sorts of money and prosperity issues and I am not remotely exempt from that reality. In the sense that the book convinced me to be more present when it comes to money, it is successful, but there was so much I didn't relate to and so few insights that I was bored during the second half. I was...more